Franconia Museum

Franconia Museum The Franconia Museum is a non-profit local history museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Franconia area in pictures and artifacts.
The Franconia Museum preserves the past, present, and future of the Franconia area in pictures, artifacts, and stories. The Franconia Museum reaches out by educating, enriching, and bringing together the greater community. We are a 501 (c) (3) organization led and run entirely by volunteers. The Museum also does exhibits at local libraries, and other community meeting places throughout the year.

Looking across six lanes of traffic on Franconia Road, it is difficult to imagine that it was once a rural "rolling road" for Virginia tobacco on its way to the port city of Alexandria. Before it was a bedroom community, Franconia was the birthplace of the first Virginia governor from Northern Virginia, witness to a Mosby raid, and a thriving Afro-American community called Carrolltown. We at the Franconia Museum believe that you must know where you came from to know where you are going. Our Goals •To identify, codify, and protect the history of the Franconia area •To promote the heritage for the Franconia area •To provide educational opportunities for students and the greater community •To highlight and enhance the Spirit of Franconia Our Mission The Franconia Museum preserves the past, present, and future of the Franconia area in pictures, artifacts, and stories. The Franconia Museum reaches out by educating, enriching, and bringing together the greater community. We are a 501 (c) (3) organization led and run entirely by volunteers. The Museum also does exhibits at local libraries, and other community meeting places throughout the year.

Mission: The Franconia Museum preserves the past, present, and future of the Franconia area in pictures, artifacts, and stories. The Franconia Museum reaches out by educating, enriching, and bringing together the greater community. We are a 501 (c) (3) organization led and run entirely by volunteers. The Museum also does exhibits at local libraries, and other community meeting places throughout the year.

02/23/2018

From the Lee District Supervisor's office comes this important announcement:

Marlene Miller and Steve Hunt, better known as the publishers and main contributors for the Mount Vernon Voice announced earlier in February that they would be ending publication. Their work has made an indelible impact on the neighborhoods in Lee, bringing voices to our neighborhoods and telling stories that are unique to the southeastern region of Fairfax. If anything of note happened in our community, you could be sure that there would be a story about it in the next issue of the Mount Vernon Voice.

Marlene and Steve put over a decade of work into running a small but well-heard newspaper, and took immense pride in making sure their work was of the highest quality. The Voice was always authentic and rang true, keeping its finger on the district's pulse. We are fortunate to have such dedicated journalists, and our community is grateful for their years of service.

With the passing of Clarence Devers, the Franconia Museum has lost a valuable living history resource, so I thought I wo...
02/02/2018

With the passing of Clarence Devers, the Franconia Museum has lost a valuable living history resource, so I thought I would post some of his photographs from our collection. Clarence was featured in a family story in "Franconia Remembers, volume 3" and was a contributor during the writing of the museum book about the Franconia Volunteer Fire Department. We will miss him.

Clarence Devers, a veteran of the Franconia Vol. Fire Dept., has recently passed away.  He was involved almost from the ...
02/02/2018

Clarence Devers, a veteran of the Franconia Vol. Fire Dept., has recently passed away. He was involved almost from the beginning of FVFD, and is a military veteran. There will be a Memorial Service at Franconia Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, February 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Franconia Museum honors his long community legacy tonight. Our prayers go out to the entire Devers family.

11/14/2016

The Franconia Museum thanks all the participants and visitors who made yesterday's 15th Annual Franconia History Day a success! We look forward to seeing you all again throughout the year in 2017! Keep your local history alive!

06/01/2016

Pre-Father’s Day Book Release and Signing at the Franconia Museum, located at 6121 Franconia Road (also known as the Franconia Governmental Center), Alexandria, Virginia 22310 between the hours of 6pm to 9pm, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Come and see the lastest Mosby book (See below) Hot off the Press by HMS PRODUCTIONS, INC.

(Hakenson, Mauro & Sherman!)

A Tour Guide and History of Col. John S. Mosby’s Combat Operations in Loudoun County, Virginia
By Donald C. Hakenson and Charles V. Mauro

One and a half years into the Civil War, John Singleton Mosby was given a small group of rangers from his former commander, General JEB Stuart to conduct independent partisan operations into Northern Virginia. These rangers would eventually become the Forty-third Battalion, Virginia Cavalry and would grow from nine to over 2,000 men.

Mosby’s mission was to attack and harass as many Union outposts, camps, and supply points he could find operating in Northern Virginia. By successfully raiding behind enemy lines Mosby would keep large numbers of Union soldiers guarding the city of Washington, thus denying federal forces in the field from fighting against General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate army. Mosby is considered by military historians as the most successful leader of such partisan guerilla activities.

This book is your tour guide to over 100 locations in Loudoun County where Colonel John Singleton Mosby conducted his raids during the Civil War. It is also a guide to the locations of the historical markers dedicated to those raids, and the locations of the graves of Mosby’s Rangers who are buried in Loudoun County. It includes a map and the history associated with each raid, his men, and all the locations in the county associated with the Grey Ghost, Colonel John S. Mosby.

Contains 240 pages with index and 361 illustrations including tour map. $30 at Franconia Museum during the book signing or you can:
Make checks out to HMS Productions, Inc. and send to or send to Charles V. Mauro, 2508 Iron Forge Road, Herndon, VA 20171. The books are $35 which includes shipping.

05/04/2016

The Franconia Museum is currently creating an exhibit on the history of youth sports in Franconia, especially looking at the Pioneer League. If you have any old photographs or memories to share with the museum, please pay us a visit during our regular operating hours or email us at [email protected]

Address

6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA
22310

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 14:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(703) 350-2104

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